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The Westleaf Guide to Cooking Cannabis

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

Leafly Staff

How do you store edibles after baking?

You’re probably wondering how long your homemade marijuana edibles stay fresh. The edibles you make are baked or cooked goods just like any other, and they’ll have the same shelf life as any regular food you make. Would you leave grandma’s chocolate chip cookies on your counter for a week? A pot of chili on your stovetop for days on end? Likewise, your homemade edibles will also go stale or bad in time.

In order to keep your weed edibles fresh, store them in a sealable bag or container so they stay preserved and tasty. For baked goods, you can even throw them in the fridge to really prolong their shelf life.

But that’s not to say you can’t eat a stale cookie—it might not taste that great, but it will still get you high. Some amount of THC will typically be in there for up to six months; the main concern is the baked good going bad or getting moldy.

Always, always, keep cannabis edibles out of reach of children, and consider labeling your infused goodies to avoid confusing unsuspecting housemates. We’ve all heard the story of the housemate who came home and helped themself to a fresh brownie, not knowing they were infused with weed…

How do you measure edible dosage for baking?

We highly recommend you start with a small amount of cannabis when making infused butter, oil, or anything else.

Most of our recipes below call for equal parts baking ingredient to cannabis—for example, 1 cup butter to 1 cup ground cannabis—but if this is your first time infusing weed, use even less. The worst that can happen is the edible won’t be as strong as you hoped.

Pro tip: Write down the ratio of cannabis to cooking ingredient you use, so that you can copy or adjust the recipe next time. You may think you’ll remember how much you put in, but after a couple edibles it’s easy to forget.

What kind of equipment do I need to bake edibles?

Baking edibles is easy. All you need is an oven and whatever utensils you’d use for regular baking—a mixing bowl, spoon, measuring cups, and maybe a whisk, depending on the recipe.

Oh, and some weed. Generally about 7-10 grams, or two eighths.

Will my neighbors be able to smell the edibles I’m baking?

Not at all. It might smell a little bit, but the smell won’t leave the kitchen.

Making cannabutter or cannabis oil can be a smelly process because you generally heat weed for a few hours, but even then, the neighbors won’t be able to tell.

Cannabis butter and cannabis cooking oil recipes

Every good edible starts with a base weed-infused ingredient. THC and CBD are fat-soluble, meaning they need fats to dissolve and for your body to use them.

Because a lot of baking involves butter, most people infuse that with cannabis, but cooking oil, coconut oil, and honey are other fat-soluble favorites you can infuse with cannabis and then make edibles with.


Making cannabutter is easy, but it can take some time. You can cook weed butter when you’re hanging around the house for a few hours, or overnight if you have a slow cooker—just make sure you don’t leave the house with your infusion cooking on the stovetop unattended.

All you need to whip up a batch of cannabutter is butter, water, marijuana, cheesecloth, and a stovetop or slow cooker. After it’s done, you can use the cannabutter as you would regular butter in any baking recipe. You can even make flavored cannabutter, dressing up our basic recipe by adding additional ingredients like honey and lavender, roasted garlic and chives, roasted jalapeño and cilantro-lime, raspberry jam, or other delicious combinations.

Cannabis cooking oil

Like cooking oil, you can infuse coconut oil with marijuana as well. Not only does coconut oil smell (and taste!) good, it contains healthy fatty acids and is a versatile product to have around the house (you can cook with it and use it as part of your beauty and hair regimen).

As with our cannabutter and cooking oil recipes, all you need to make a batch of infused marijuana coconut oil are your cannabis of choice, some coconut oil, cheesecloth, and a stovetop or slow cooker. Once it’s been properly infused and cooled, you can add it to any cooking recipe, or even apply it directly to your skin as you would a lotion.

Cannabis honey

Cannabis honey is great for putting in a cup of tea or other hot beverage, drizzling over some sweets, or just eating on its own. But watch out, this one can be messy.

To make a batch of infused marijuana honey at home, you’ll need your favorite types of honey and marijuana, cheesecloth, and a stovetop or slow cooker. While the process could get a bit sticky, once your cannabis honey cools and solidifies, it should keep for 1-2 months if properly stored.

Cannabis tinctures

Marijuana tinctures are great because you can add them to anything or even drop them under your tongue for fast-acting cannabis effects. Although tinctures are very versatile, these take weeks to make, so make sure you set aside some time in your schedule to check in on your tincture mixture once a day for several weeks to shake the contents.

To make a homemade batch of marijuana tincture, you’ll need high-proof, food-grade alcohol (like Everclear) or glycerin (a plant-based oil), some cannabis, a Mason jar with lid, a coffee filter or cheesecloth, and a glass vial with dropper to store and dispense your tincture. After you’ve made your cannabis tincture, store it in a cool, dry place to extend its shelf life.

Cannabis-infused dessert recipes

Pot Brownies

When people think about baking with cannabis, the first recipe that typically comes to mind is the classic pot brownie. There’s a reason why pot brownies are so popular: the rich, chocolatey taste of this classic often successfully hides the earthy flavor of its cannabis-infused ingredients.

While brownies typically operate by the pizza principle—even when they’re not that good, they’re still pretty good—it’s so much more satisfying to infuse a homemade batch. But honestly, whether your pot brownies come from a boxed mix, a family recipe, or Snoop Dogg BFF Martha Stewart, the resulting buzz is bound to be downright delicious.

Martha Louise Stewart’s “to-die-for” brownie recipe

Yield: One 9” x 13” pan.


  • 4 large eggs

  • ⅔ C cannabis-infused oil

  • 2 C sugar

  • 1 ½ C all-purpose flour

  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 C chopped pecans

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • Martha Louise Stewart’s Chocolate Icing (recipe below)

Directions to make the weed brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Butter a 9” x 13” baking pan; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat eggs on low speed. Add cannaoil and sugar, beating for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add egg mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in pecans and vanilla.

  4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake until edges just start to pull away from pan, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Spread icing over brownies; allow to set before serving.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 ½ C confectioners’ sugar

  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted (use cannabutter if greater potency is desired)

Icing Directions:

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat egg with 1 cup sugar on low speed. With mixer running, add 1/2 cup sugar and cocoa into egg mixture; mix well. Add remaining 1 cup sugar, vanilla, and butter; beat to combine.

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